Celebrating 250 Years of Bayes Theorem

Date: 
Friday, August 30, 2013 - 2:00pm

On December 17th, 2013, Duke University is hosting a special celebration of the 250th anniversary of the presentation (December 23, 1763) of Thomas Bayes’ seminal paper  "An Essay towards solving a Problem in the Doctrine of Chances". This unique Bayes 250 Day is held in conjunction with two research workshops:

  • O-Bayes 13, December 15-18, 2013, a workshop of the ISBA Section on Objective Bayesian Analysis, featuring a day of tutorials and three days of talks and discussions by leaders in the field.
  • EFab@ Bayes250, December 15-16, 2013, a workshop of the ISBA Section on Economics, Finance, and Business, with two days of tutorials and research talks, including a new researcher/student session (deadline for talk submissions: October 10, 2013) 

Participants in the O-Bayes and EFaB workshops will come together for a joint poster session and Welcoming Reception - see links below for poster submissions- and then for Bayes 250 Day. 

Speakers for Bayes 250 Day are seminal contributors to the Bayesian literature, spanning a range of fields:

  • Stephen Fienberg, Carnegie-Mellon University 
  • Michael Jordan, University of California, Berkeley 
  • Christopher Sims, Princeton University 
  • Adrian Smith, University of London 
  • Stephen Stigler, University of Chicago 

The evening banquet will feature a speech by Sharon Bertsch McGrayneSharon Bertsch McGrayne, noted author of the popular book The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes’ Rule Cracked the Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines and Emerged Triumphant From Two Centuries of Controversy.

 

Late Registration begins December 1, 2013, so register before then to save 15%.
Click here to register for  Bayes250 Day, O-Bayes 13, or EFaB@ Bayes250.  ISBA members should login prior to registering to receive the ISBA Member Discount ($60 for members or 50% for Student Members).  If you wish to join ISBA or renew your ISBA Membership, please login and visit the Membership Signup page.   

If you are a local participant and wish to register for Bayes250 talks, and not the  Welcome Reception or Banquet, please Click here to register. 

 

Click here to submit an abstract for O-Bayes 13 or EFaB@ Bayes 250.  Students and junior researchers who are presenting papers or posters may apply for a Travel Award by completing the Travel Support Form.  Please note that you must have an ISBA account (free) and login, before completing any forms.  Junior researchers must submit an abstract prior to completing the junior travel support form.  Participants from an Affiliate organization of either the US National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) or the US/NSF Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) may be eligible for partial reimbursement of workshop expenses, as NISS and SAMSI are sponsoring organizations of the workshop.  Please contact the NISS/SAMSI Affiliate Reimbursement Account (ARA) representative in your organization for further information.

 

Participants should Book Accomodations for the 250th Anniversary Celebration on their own.

 

Sponsors 

We gratefully acknowledge the following sponsors of the Bayes 250 Day meeting, and of the O-Bayes and EFaB Workshops.

  • SAMSI and  NISS are sponsoring  organizations. Participants from an Affiliate organization of either the US National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) or the US/NSF Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) may be eligible for partial reimbursement of workshop expenses.   Please contact the NISS/SAMSI Affiliate Reimbursement Account (ARA) representative in your organization for further information.
  • BEST llc and the BEST Foundation,  Google,  IBM Research and Charles Schwab, supporting and recognizing junior and student researchers.
  • The National Science Foundation, providing travel and subsistance awards for junior researchers and students.